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Trainee in Contemplative Sciences

Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

This opportunity will provide training in contemplative science research in the context of a unique long-term (20-year) follow-up contemplative education study of 3rd through 5th grade children exposed to mindfulness-based skills compared to their peers. The study has been funded by the 1440 Foundation and is a partnership with Jon Kabat-Zinn. The mixed methods, multi-site study is half complete, with promising initial results.  Within the context of this ongoing study, the trainee will receive hands-on training in subject recruitment, data organization, interrogation and interpretation, and reporting/dissemination of results under the supervision of David R. Vago, PhD, a faculty Investigator in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Department of Psychiatry, Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

The trainee will also gain exposure to all aspects of contemplative science research headed by Dr. Vago, who investigates the neurocognitive processes, systems-based brain networks, and biological trait markers supporting mindfulness-based practices and other wisdom-based traditions of contemplative practice including forms of meditation and yoga-based practice in expert and novice practitioners and in clinical contexts. The trainee will also gain some exposure to additional ongoing research in the FNL, and will be encouraged to take advantage of the many conferences and educational opportunities available in the Longwood Medical Area/Harvard Medical School.

The FNL has multiple research initiatives in the contemplative neurosciences with an emphasis on clarifying adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric disorders.  The overall aim of the FNL, under the direction of Dr. Emily Stern and Dr. David Silbersweig, is to develop and apply new methods of imaging for the detection, localization, and characterization of final common pathways of major psychiatric disease expression, as a foundation for clinical advances. Functional and structural neuroimaging studies address schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood, personality, cognitive changes associated with chemotherapy, sex differences in brain function in health and disease, normal cognitive and emotional function, and methodological development.

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field is required. Background in contemplative practice is preferred, but not required. 20-40 hrs/week commitment is expected.  Expected duration for training is 1 year.

To apply please send cover letter and CV to: David Vago,  (617) 732-9113

Contact person:
David Vago


Associate Director of Contemplative Learning

Contemplative Sciences Center
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

The CSC Associate Director for Contemplative Learning position will develop and coordinate contemplative learning initiatives at the University of Virginia (UVa) across all eleven of its schools under the umbrella of the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC). This includes planning and managing all pedagogical, research, administrative, and service aspects relating to contemplative learning both on grounds across schools and in the online context with CSC’s Contemplative University initiative.

Contact person:
Ben Coe

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Director of Development

Contemplative Sciences Center
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

The Director of Development position at UVa’s Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) will be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing a comprehensive fundraising and communications strategy to include special events, sponsorships, annual campaigns, and principal and major gift prospects.

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Contact person:
Ben Coe


Human Development and Family Studies Professor & Endowed Chair

Human Development and Family Studies
University of Wisconsin Madison
Madison, WI

Degree and area of specialization: 
Candidates must have a PhD (or MD) in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Social Work, Psychiatry, or a related discipline.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Evidence of excellence in a program of scholarly research, a record of external funding, and a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship are required. The primary focus of the position is scholarship centered on the promotion of positive child and family outcomes through application of secular contemplative practices. Seek applicants who combine the conduct of rigorous research with an interest and experience in the application of knowledge to address significant challenges facing families and society.

Principal duties:
The position in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) involves continuing a strong research program, competing for extramural funding, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, teaching and mentoring undergraduate, MS and PhD students, and service in faculty governance roles. The focus is on investigating and applying secular contemplative practices such as meditation and mindfulness (e.g., to improve the self-regulation of attentional processes and behavior and increase empathy, compassion, and prosocial behaviors) to further child and family well-being. This will occur in collaboration with SoHE faculty and interdisciplinary scholars from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, other departments on campus, and UW-Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs.

We are seeking an eminent scholar who can assist the UW-Madison in building one of the most exciting initiatives in the scientific field focusing on mind, body and family well-being through collaborations among the School of Human Ecology, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the Waisman Center/Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and the Global Health Institute.

Prefer applicants to have experience in:
- working across disciplines with diverse families in different contexts.
- working with diverse individuals, organizations and communities as defined by cultural, racial, or ethnic background; economic situation; family structure; geographic location; presence of special needs; religious affiliation; or stage of life.
- successfully seeking external funds and resources to support educational programs.
- program leadership, management, and coaching roles.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

Employee Class: Faculty
Full Time Salary Rate:  Minimum $80,000 ACADEMIC (9 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:   N/A
Appointment percent:    100%
Anticipated begin date: AUGUST 25, 2014

Send to Professor Julie Poehlmann as email attachments ( the following: a cover letter describing your qualifications, program of research, and teaching interests; curriculum vita; representative publications; and at least three letters of reference. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Apply as soon as possible and to ensure consideration, but no later than March 15, 2014 (will stay open until filled).

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

Contact Person:

Julie Poehlmann
Phone: 608-262-1773
1300 Linden Dr
Human Ecology Building
Madison, WI 53706-1524

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Developmental Neuroscience or Clinical Neuroscience

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) conducts rigorous interdisciplinary research on healthy qualities of mind such as attention, resilience, kindness, compassion and mindfulness. Scientists at CIHM represent an integrated team with a broad array of research methodologies from behavioral to neuro-scientific. The CIHM engages in basic (40%) and translational (40%) research in addition to providing outreach (20%) with the goal of cultivating healthy qualities of mind at the individual, community and global levels. The CIHM staff and scientists are dedicated to creating a world in which healthy qualities of mind are investigated and valued. The team’s guiding principles include living with integrity and practicing our values in everything we do.

The successful candidate will play a key role in ongoing neuroimaging research on ASD and its treatment using various behavioral strategies. A PhD in Neuroscience, Developmental, or Clinical Psychology is required, as well as experience in neuroimaging research with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Expected position duration is two years with potential for renewal based on funding and performance. UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


  • Demonstrated experience in neuroimaging and in research with participants with ASD.
  • Experience with multi-modal imaging including functional, resting state, DTI and structural is helpful.
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific communication including speaking and publishing.
  • Statistical acumen in analyzing neuroimaging data.
  • Excellent organizational, project management, interpersonal, writing and communication skills.
  • Experience imaging individuals with ASD in a research and/or clinical setting
  • Adaptable; self-motivated; and possess a passion for CIHM mission/core values.

Preferred:  Some prior post-doctoral experience.

To apply please send cover letter and CV to:
Brittany Thomson
(608) 890-0143


Postdoctoral Fellow in Integrative Oncology

Division of Psychosocial Oncology Lab
Department of Oncology
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Contact person:
Linda E. Carlson

Through the “Eye’s High” Postdoctoral program at U of C, we are looking for a postdoctoral fellow in the area of Integrative Oncology, working with Dr. Linda E. Carlson, Professor and holder of the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology. Integrative Oncology is an evidence-based oncology sub-specialty which promotes a system of integrative, collaborative, patient-centered care which uses complementary therapies (CTs) from the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in concert with medical treatment to enhance treatment efficacy, improve symptom control, alleviate patient distress, and reduce suffering. The postdoctoral fellow would be primarily be evaluating Integrative Oncology interventions such as mind-body interventions (meditation, yoga) energy therapies (acupuncture, Reiki) as well as natural health products (foods, food derivatives, vitamins, herbs), and education programs for patients and staff.

Requirements are a completed PhD in clinical or health psychology, nursing, social work, medical science or allied professions not more than two years previously, interest and preferably experience in psychosocial oncology or integrative medicine, and a solid publication record. Salary is $50,000/year CAD for a one year period, beginning Sept 2014.

Please contact Dr. Linda Carlson for more information:, or see


Post-doctoral Research Position in Affective Neuroscience

Kent State University
Kent, OH

Contact person:
David Fresco

Pending budgetary approval, the new Kent Electrical Neuroimaging Laboratory (KENL), a consortium of faculty from the departments of Biology, Psychology, and Sociology at Kent State University, seeks outstanding applicants for a post-doctoral research fellowship beginning June 1, 2014. This full-time, one-year Fellowship is renewable for an additional year (contingent on success and availability of funds). Salary and benefits are consistent with NIH guidelines. The successful candidate will work closely with consortium faculty to participate in productive multidisciplinary research programs and seek extramural funding. The Research Fellow will have access to professional development opportunities (e.g., methods workshops, grant-writing seminars), a stipend for books, travel, supplies, etc., and additional resources (e.g., small research and consultation awards). KENL’s research is enriched by strong, collaborative ties with local universities and hospitals, including University Hospitals (UH), Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and the Cleveland Clinic.


KENL is dedicated to successfully creating a self-sustaining program of research broadly focused on elucidating the neurobehavioral correlates of individual/social functioning and well-being. We seek a post-doctoral Research Fellow, who has completed (by the start of the position) a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. psychology, neuroscience) with a focus on cognitive and/or affective neuroscience and who already possesses expertise collecting and analyzing EEG data. Ideally, the Research Fellow will also possess the background and expertise to assist with collaborative fMRI studies with our strategic partners at UH/CWRU and the Cleveland Clinic. Additional training and expertise in EEG and fMRI will be available as the Research Fellow participates in on-going studies and contributes to new research projects and grant applications. Current projects focus on learning and disease processes (Dr. Clements, Biological Sciences), the neurobehavioral bases of normative and disordered emotion regulation and the neurobehavioral bases of mindfulness meditation (Dr. Fresco, Psychology), as well as the multi-level neural and social substrates of empathy, social bonding, and morality (Dr. Kalkhoff, Sociology). The Research Fellow will nominally have an appointment within the Department of Psychology, but will work with KENL scholars on existing projects and be encouraged to initiate their own program of research. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Kent State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Send application materials, including statements of research interests, curriculum vitae, copies of publications and other supporting materials, as well as three letters of recommendation by email to Ms. Sandra Thouvenin ( For more information about the position, please contact Dr. David Fresco (


Functional MRI (fMRI) Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

Contact person:
Amishi Jha

Applications are invited for a 2-year post-doc position investigating the neural effects of attention, working memory, and mindfulness training in the Laboratory of Amishi Jha at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to play an important role in a novel research line at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience (attention and working memory) and cognitive training (e.g., mindfulness training) in adults.

Competitive applicants should have fMRI expertise, with a publication track record using MRI-based imaging methods. This position requires technical sophistication and a desire to engage in research as well as play a key role in training others (graduate students and undergraduates) in neuroimaging methods, as part of the launch of a new neuroimaging community in the Dept of Psychology’s new 3T Functional MRI suite.  Experience with a variety of protocols (i.e., ASL, BOLD, DTI) and expertise with analysis methods is necessary for this position. Essential skills also include fantastic organizational and computational abilities, as well as the ability to work well in a research team.

Please submit applications by Jan 31, 2014 with a planned start date of March 1, 2014. Send materials (via e-mail) including cover letter, CV, the names and addresses of three referees, in one PDF file, to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D ( with subject Line: FMRI Post-doc Position


Full-time Faculty Position in Psychology

Life University
Atlanta, GA

Contact person:
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva

Life University in Marietta, GA, has an open-rank opening for a full-time faculty position in Psychology, to teach and develop programs in the areas of positive psychology, secular ethics and contemplative science. Life University is a growing private, non-profit university located in the greater Atlanta area with approximately 3,000 students. It is comprised of a College of Undergraduate Studies, College of Chiropractic, and several graduate studies programs. In 2014 the university will be starting a Master’s in Positive Psychology degree with a track in secular ethics and contemplative science.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 28, 2014.

The ideal candidate will possess:
• A doctoral degree in psychology or related discipline from an accredited university, or 18 graduate credit hours in psychology.
• A significant record of intellectual and professional contributions to the field of positive psychology, secular ethics and contemplative science, including professional publications and conference presentations.
• Personal training in contemplative practices and ability to teach such practices at a high level.
• The energy, passion and ability to develop programs at Life University related to positive psychology, secular ethics and contemplative science.
• Excellent leadership, communication, team, and human relation skills.
• A commitment to diversity.
• Experience with distance learning/hybrid courses.

This individual will be responsible for teaching 12-15 credit hours each quarter of the academic year, academic advising and mentoring, serving on committees, and additional duties as required. The individual will also help develop and implement a Master’s Program in Positive Psychology, and in particular the Secular Ethics and Contemplative Science track. The faculty member must also maintain his/her license and any appropriate certifications.

To apply, please visit

For questions, please contact Brendan Ozawa-de Silva at:

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